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Week 1- Jahii Carson
There are a lot of stars in college basketball this season. Many guys who have gotten an insane amount of media attention. But there are plenty of other guys out there who are just starting to get some attention but have been doing amazing things this season. We will look at a different player each week (possibly more often if there are a lot of players putting up crazy numbers).
The one we will look at first is a 5’10” guard from Arizona State, Jahii Carson. Players of that height who can dominate offensively are very rare. Most talented players of that size are normally playmakers that can attack the paint and kick out to open teammates. But not Carson. He is averaging 24 PPG in this young season. Up form 18.5 PPG in his freshman campaign. He poured in 40 points against a tough UNLV squad Tuesday night on 16-24 shooting. Only two of those shots were three pointers. Which is impressive knowing his size. He was getting into the paint and finishing strong. He also has a very impressive vertical. Check out his hoop mix tape.
It’s also worth noting that this is from high school. So he has gotten even more impressive since then. He has really become the leader of this Sun Devil team. He also had seven assists against UNLV. He is currently shooting 57% on both FGs and 3-pointers. This number will probably be go down on 3 point shots, but if he continues to take smart shots, there is no reason it should dip below 48%. He also has proved himself to be a great distributer. He has 22 assists on the season to only 8 TOs in four games. I am very excited to see Carson moving forward.
Arizona State is also going to be a team that will be interesting to see moving forward. They are buried in the Pac-12 under #5 Arizona, #17 Oregon, and #22 UCLA. But the Sun Devils are off to a 4-0 start and are averaging 90 points a game. This is high enough to be the 2nd highest mark in the country. They have also been a strong rebounding team ranked 13th in the country with 46.3 rebounds per game.
They have a couple of tough tests in a row before entering conference play. They will face Marquette and Creighton back-to-back at home at the end of November. After those games it will be interesting to check back on the Sun Devils to see how Carson is playing. My best guess is that he will continue to be dominate and be a team leader.
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